SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), chair of the Joint Committee on Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), vice chair of the Subcommittee, released the following statement this past week, to provide an update on the progress of the subcommittee’s work:

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“Since we completed the informational hearings of the Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, the two of us have been working closely to develop a common vision for reforming fundamentally how we prevent and respond to sexual harassment issues.

“After five hearings of testimony from experts, we agree on the following principles and plan to develop a full set of recommendations in the coming weeks:

· Significant culture change to create a workplace of respect, civility and diversity

· Comprehensive redesign of policy, procedures and training

· Independent investigation and determinations of sexual harassment allegations to ensure equitable and accountable outcomes

“We recognize that accomplishing these objectives will take time, but we must start now.

“We will convene our next subcommittee hearing to review the results of the climate survey and our draft recommendations on June 18. The Subcommittee will complete its recommendations and present them to the Joint Committee on Rules by the end of June.”